Texas guard Andrew Jones will return to play for the Texas Longhorns for the 2021-22 season, the redshirt junior announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Jones, the Longhorns’ leading scorer last season and an All-Big 12 Second-Team selection, would have been a massive hit to their roster, had he decided to either enter the transfer portal or declare for the NBA Draft.
Jones announced his return less than 24 hours after senior guard Jase Febres announced he would return for a fifth year at Texas.
Jones returns to work under a new head coach, as Chris Beard took over the program after Shaka Smart left to take over at Marquette.
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Jones averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season, his fifth with the Longhorns. He missed all of two seasons due to a battle with leukemia.
The former McDonald’s All-American was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2018-19 and was named the 2019-20 Big 12 Conference Male Sportsperson of the Year.
Jones’ return is a huge boost for Beard, who enters his first season with Texas after five successful seasons at Texas Tech. Forward Kai Jones had already declared for the NBA Draft. Seniors Matt Coleman III and Jericho Sims have not announced whether they intend to return for an additional year at Texas (they can do so using their additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19). Two recruits from Smart’s final class asked out of their national letters of intent. And several Longhorns have entered the transfer portal.
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